Wetangula, Change tact in dealing with schools unrest

By KBC Reporter

FORD Kenya leader Moses Wetangula has asked the government to change tact in the fight against ongoing unrest in schools.

Wetangula says treating the arson attacks as acts of criminality may not unravel the root cause of the problem.

The Bungoma Senator argues that the government should relook at the way unrest and instead carry out a research on why the incidents are happening from the root cause before moving in to deal with the unrest.

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba has called on students to desist from the unruly act and urged them to instead seek dialogue to help resolve issues that are fuelling the unrest.

And leaders Laikipia County have appealed to stakeholders in the education sector to come up with proper solutions that will help deal with the unrest being experienced in most schools across the country.

Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu, County Speaker Patrick Mariru and Nyahururu Assistant County Commissioner Simon Mwangi said cases of arson in schools have reached worrying levels.

They noted that parents had a greater responsibility while bringing up the children and hence emphasized the need for them to ensure that they bring up morally and socially upright children.

Nyahururu Assistant County Commissioner Simon Mwangi said the government will be hard on students found either inciting or participating in acts of arson.

Gichugu MP Njogu Barua plans to take a bill to parliament aimed at re-introducing corporal punishment in schools.

Speaking at Kianyaga Youth Center in his constituency the Gichugu MP, said he will soon be tabling a bill in parliament to introduce caning is schools in order to stem rising cases of indiscipline.

He pointed that lack of discipline in schools has contributed to cases of arson attacks.

Njogu accused the media of what he termed, glorifying arson attacks in school and urged the media to stop airing footage of burning buildings in schools.

The MP observed that continued publicizing of the acts in the both electronic and print media are inciting other students to carry the act in a move to saw that they have not been left behind.

He termed the current situations in schools as dire and urged all stakeholders to come together and find a lasting solution to the problem.

The Gichugu MP also supported the government stand that those found culpable should face the full force of the law terming them as criminals.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education Daniel Karaba is proposing that students found culpable of burning schools should be deregistered from sitting this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Examination.

“After registering candidates for the KCSE examination they become untouchable, in most cases they are the cause of the rise in indiscipline cases in schools,” said Karaba.

Karaba urged schools administrations to remind the KCSE candidates that they can still miss their examinations if found culpable.

“Government should come up with a policy to revoke examination registration of any student found planning or perpetuating strikes in schools,” he said.

The leaders spoke as a second school was torched in Kirinyaga County after a newly lunched fire engine was used to put out a fire at Wanguru Girls School in the County.

Reports indicate that two classrooms were burnt at Baricho Boys School.



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